Voice recognition technology has come a long way and is used for a variety of different applications like automotive, aerospace, law, etc. However, the healthcare industry is one of the few industries that rely heavily on voice recognition. This is because documenting important data pertaining to patients is crucial for any medical organization.
There are many benefits of voice recognition software in healthcare organizations, including financial advantages. But documenting information is not the sole purpose of voice recognition; the particular voice document has to be produced in such a way that it can be used by the medical organization for downstream functions such as quality assurance, medical reviews, and billing.
Let’s take a look at how voice recognition systems are changing the healthcare industry.
Voice Data is becoming Reusable
In 2013, nearly two-thirds of hospitals in the United States were penalized by Medicare due to readmissions. In free text that has been transcribed, voice data can be used to predict readmissions.
A main benefit of using voice recognition technology is that voice data can be reused as many times as one desires. This translates to better, accurate, and immediate care available for the purposes of billing.
The best thing about voice recognition technology is its flexibility; it can be accessed easily from anywhere and at anytime. In other words, you don’t have to rely on a single interface or device to access it. With the growing use of cloud technology, healthcare practitioners can share valuable data and information with other practitioners across a plethora of different devices and platforms.
This becomes helpful during health audits as the healthcare organization reduces the gap between care recording and care delivery, so that the clinical and health documentation matches more accurately.
Electronic medical records have been implemented in various healthcare organizations; while some may think that EMRs or EHRs decreases the productivity of clinicians and physicians, others have shown through studies and research that the use of voice recognition software apart from the EMR enhances the productivity of healthcare practitioners.
Therefore, physicians and clinicians who document healthcare through voice transcription are able to attend to more patients, thereby raising their billing for the extra hours worked. On average, they are able to see one-third more patients than they could by using the EMR’s structured template.
More Accurate and Much Quicker
Before voice recognition technology’s widespread use in healthcare industry, practitioners relied on medical transcriptionists who were slow, inaccurate, and of there was the possibility of human error. With the advantages of voice recognition, clinicians and physicians don’t have to wait for any transcriptionist as they can document the patient’s data themselves and record it on their mobile, laptop or workstation.
It is also more accurate and the practitioner can conveniently make the necessary corrections in the document, sign it, and send it to the concerned persons. It eliminates the need for extra people or steps. Now that you’ve seen the benefits of speech recognition technology in healthcare, consider adding it to your practice today!